Love Letters

Metronomy - Love Letters
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2014 Ratings: #361 / 845
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Based on 154 ratings
2014 Ratings: #292
March 10, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Under The Radar

While there's undoubtedly less of a paradigm shift in their work on Love Letters, in many ways it's improved by that, allowing the group to explore more macro-subtleties in the music that was first perfected on The English Riviera.

80
The 405

Fractured relationships, murky, lovelorn lusting and long distance dumping have seemingly informed the band's most poignant LP, firmly dissolving their thirst for heady disco stompers and pound shop push lights adorning the chest.

80
musicOMH

Love Letters is great. There’s potential here, and it feels like it had the ability to be a nigh-on perfect record, but for reasons obscured – probably the brick-subtle lo-fi-ness – it feels unfinished.

80
DIY

'Love Letters' is something different again, influenced predominantly by the 60s and 70s, psychedelia and Sly Stone. It’s also an album that could see them go stratospheric.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Some fans will be disappointed with the comparative lack of bona fide readymade chest-lighting bangers, but they’ve been spoiled enough on previous records. Instead, Metronomy have stepped up from the mantle of electro-pop, and matured into the sort of band that endures.

80
Exclaim!

Love Letters isn't the next move many expected from Metronomy following the astute pop of English Riviera, but it's a logical move and likely the best one possible for a band as imaginative, unconventional and talented as this one.

80
AllMusic

Confessional and insular, Love Letters is the work of a band willing to take pop success on their own terms and reveal a different -- but just as appealing -- side of their artistry in the process.

80
NME

While not a ‘difficult’ album per se, it is certainly an obdurate and insular one, whose charms are revealed coyly and across repeat listens.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Despite the growth it signifies for Mount, and the candor with which he delivers it, Love Letters is so lightly sketched that it never fully engages on a gut level. 

60
The Skinny

A heartfelt package this may be, but it lags behind their last two LPs by a Devonshire mile.

52
Pitchfork

There's a wide gulf between the idea of Love Letters as pleasant, throwbackish pop-rock nugget and the vapor-thin nonentity it became.

43
Consequence of Sound

The ambient-pushing, underproduced, love-awkward texture of Love Letters actually works perfectly for artistic irony when applied to the concept of stationary love, although this awkwardness doesn’t always come across as a premeditated concept.

PatrickL0419
62
A lack of engagement on a concrete level prevents this record from truly ascending to the heights of its greatness and potential.

FAVOURITE TRACKS: THE UPSETTER, MONSTROUS, LOVE LETTERS
WORST TRACKS: MONTH OF SUNDAYS, CALL ME
CheapandLethal
95
Exceptional
NR
Such a trip. Amazing & so f*cking underrated. Through 60s' realness they found their truest sound. This would be a masterpiece if delivered by a more critical acclaimed (and maybe american) band. Every song could be the presentation single for a collection of the best 60s' sound. Much better than the more impersonal but perhaps more effective "The English Riviera".
85
Best Tracks: The Upsetter, Monstrous, Love Letters, Reservoir
Worst Track: Boy Racers
SeaBass
74
In general, the album is solid, has strong and weak moments, but Metronomy show how they handle energy.

Tracks: Monstrous, Love Letters
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Track List

  1. The Upsetter
  2. I’m Aquarius
  3. Monstrous
  4. Love Letters
  5. Month of Sundays
  6. Boy Racers
  7. Call Me
  8. The Most Immaculate Haircut
  9. Reservoir
  10. Never Wanted
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